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Motivating Underachievers Using Response to Intervention and Differentiated Instruction

 

Course Description


Every classroom teacher looks for ways to motivate, teach, and assess unmotivated students, those who are not working to their potential. In this practical, hands-on course, Dr. Carolyn Coil helps educators design interventions that help unmotivated students improve academic achievement and classroom behavior. She analyzes causes for underachievement, then helps teachers in the classroom identify the various learning styles and modalities that help students overcome their challenges. Early in the course, she explains why assessment is a critical aspect of differentiating instruction and focuses on assessment tools, Progress Monitoring Forms, Achiever Rubrics, and learning checklists that serve as tools to track what is working with individual students and what is not. Dr. Coil’s approach is both strategic and pragmatic. She demonstrates how differentiated instruction [DI] incorporates different levels of learning, adjustments in timing, and setting expectations for students involved in different classroom activities requiring different skills, each according to his or her needs. She shows how Response to Intervention [RTI] provides for targeted interventions, academic and behavioral screening for all students, and frequent monitoring of particular students. Finally, Dr. Coil demonstrates how assessment informs instructional plans, providing hands-on strategies for developing standards-related criteria to measure student product and performance. After completing this course, participants will have an excellent blueprint for implementing both differentiated instruction and RTI in their classrooms, helping their students to become lifelong and motivated learners.

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Course Presenter


Carolyn Coil

Carolyn Coil, who earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Florida, is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer, consultant and educator. Dr. Coil works with teachers, parents, and students offering practical strategies for raising student achievement, differentiating curriculum, implementing a variety of assessment strategies, and dealing with the problems and challenges associated with preparing ourselves and our children for living and working in the 21st century. Dr. Coil has worked in the field of education and training for over 30 years. She currently teaches courses in gifted and talented education and does workshops for schools and school districts on a wide variety of topics. She has been an adjunct professor at several different universities and has worked in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Bermuda, the Marshall Islands, Spain, Germany, Ecuador, Croatia, and South Korea.

Partner Profile


Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.

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